Samford University


Leigh Ann Pusey

Leigh Ann Pusey ’84 is the president and CEO of the American Insurance Association (AIA). She oversees the organization’s operations and works directly with AIA’s board of directors to develop and guide the strategic mission of the association. AIA is the leading property-casualty insurance trade organization, representing 350 insurers that write more than $123 billion in premiums each year.

Leigh Ann PuseyA veteran of the insurance industry, Pusey joined AIA in December 1996 and was elevated to president and CEO in February 2009. Previously she served as chief operating officer and senior vice president of government affairs where she was responsible for the association’s government affairs department and AIA’s interests before Congress and state legislatures on all matters of importance to the property-casualty industry. She began her tenure with the association as senior vice president for public affairs.

Recognizing her prominence and leadership within the industry, Business Insurance Magazine has listed Pusey among their Women to Watch and Treasury and Risk Management Magazine named her to its 100 Most Influential People in Finance. In addition, Pusey is consistently recognized by The Hill publication as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and in 2012 she was named by National Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Washington. She is frequently quoted in the news media and consulted by policymakers and Wall Street for her views on issues facing the property-casualty industry.

In addition to her role as CEO, Pusey also serves in various capacities for a number of organizations, including as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, and board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Business Industry Political Action Committee’s Prosperity Fund, and the Bryce Harlow Foundation.

Prior to AIA, Pusey held a number of influential positions in Washington D.C. She was the deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush for the White House Office of Public Liaison; communications coordinator for U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), and deputy director of communications for the Republican National Committee.

Pusey is a graduate of Samford University. She currently resides in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and their two children.

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